Since you know I fell for the RV salesman’s pitch that the ‘soft spots in the floor shouldn’t be a problem’ I’m sure it won’t surprise you to hear I also bought the line about the floor being constructed of “Marine Grade plywood”. All I have to say now is that if this floor is marine grade plywood you won’t be getting me out on any boat anytime soon! BTW if anyone wants to know where I bought this trailer I’m happy to say Mike Thompson RV right here in sunny southern California.
I started the floor project this afternoon after helping my friend out a bit at her warehouse and then taking the deposit by the children’s museum for my 2 youngest kids’ birthday party (yes, this year they are getting a proper birthday party). Using a box cutter I sliced out the vinyl around the duct tape patch that was my first attempt at addressing the soggy floor. It was pretty damp underneath and the floor was flaking away, so I kept widening the patch, looking for dry ground. Pretty soon I had all of the vinyl up.
The plywood under the vinyl was in such poor condition that it was easy to scrap it up using a small paint scraper and my little pry bar. In addition to being wet it was home to some small bugs (sorry guys!). Under the vinyl is a layer of styrofoam. I can’t get it up without breaking it so I’m leaving it in place for the moment. The strip closest to the bathtub is the driest so I’m hoping I don’t have to excavate under it! The area around the toilet is the soggiest and presumably where the leak is located.
Had to leave it half-done (or undone as the case may be) so that I can collect my oldest daughter from school. We have committed the afternoon to helping a local ministry that prepares a meal for the homeless once a week. We’ll have to stop by the hardware store and pick up some plywood to cover the floor so we can make use of the bathroom while the project is in progress. Photos below.